Philadelphia's Norah Tanksley slides safely past the East Webster Catcher.
Philadelphia's Norah Tanksley slides safely past the East Webster Catcher.

Three local softball teams saw their first action of the slow-pitch softball season Saturday during the Neshoba Central jamboree.
    Jamboree games are basically practice games. The results do not count on a team’s record. It just gives teams a chance to play against someone else.

The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets will be seeking their seventh straight slow-pitch state championship this season. Neshoba Central won both of their games, defeating East Webster 3-0 and Philadelphia 13-2.

Both Choctaw Central and Philadelphia High School will be under new head coaches this year. Former Lady Warriors softball great Mercedes Cotton returns to the Lady Warrior’s dugout. In the jamboree, they dropped a 3-0 decision to Newton County and 10-3 to Lake.



Frank Hutton made his debut with the Lady Tornadoes, who picked up a 3-1 win over East Webster and went 1-1 on the day.

Tori Henderson belted a home run for Neshoba Central in their win over East Webster. Tenley Grisham added a double and a single and scored one run. Elleigh Willis and Hallie Billie both hit a single.

Neshoba Central outhit Philadelphia 12-4 in its win. Tori Henderson and Elleigh Willis both hit two home runs. Billie and Jayda Bell hit one. Willis had five RBIs while Henderson had four RBIs.

Tyesha Cole hit a home run for the Lady Tornadoes in their win over East Webster.

Neshoba Central and Philadelphia will be back in action Saturday when they play classic games. The Lady Rockets will compete in the Newton County classic while the Lady Tornadoes will compete in the Lake tournament.